The Federal university of technology (FUTO) Owerri under the agies of the Centre for Women, Gender and Development studies, celebrated the 2012 World Environment Day with tree planting at the school’s premises.
Addressing the FUTO community and invitees before the take off of the event, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chigozie Asiabaka expressed gratitude to the women for organizing the ceremony, stating that the environment ad eco-system needed to be protected for the survival of the human race more so this time that there is global distortion of the eco-system.
Professor Asiabaka stressed the need to beautify FUTO environment by making the whole area wear a green look, adding that the exercise would be made a monthly affair to achieve perfect cleanliness in the institution.
In her remarks, the FUTOWA president and the wife of the Vice Chancellor, Pr. (Mrs) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and the university authority for giving the women the opportunity to celebrate the Day with the University community and other agencies associated with environmental health activities.
She also appreciated the Co-operation of the host communities that always identify with FUTO programmes, adding that the Federal University of Technology Women Association under her leadership has decided to involve the host community women associations in the planning and execution of all they do since her tenure.
The celebration with the theme: Sustainable Environment for Healthy and socio-economic Development of Nigeria featured tree planting, grassing and sanitation excise and was organized under the able leadership of Vice Chancellor, Professor Chigozie Aziabaka (KSM). Some of those who planted trees at the occasion were, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Rose Nwabueze, the school librarian Mr. Nwosu, Registrar Environment Board, Dean School of Engineering Professor E.E. Anyanwu, and Mrs Ebisike Austine, registrar/environmental health offices. Others were the president of environmental health officers association of Nigeria (EHOAN), Aliu Zakarayi, Mr. Harrison O. Ononiwu – President of Rotry Club of Owerri Central and the University bursar, Mr R.U. Akujobi as well as others.